This past Mother’s Day, my youngest daughter, Katie, spent the afternoon with me at the Phoenix Art Museum. Here is a sampling of what we saw–just a tiny bit of the museum.
Ballet Dancer by Everett Shinn
Birdie Serenade by Gregory West
Detail of above
The Golfer by Victor Vasarely
Nude Man by Viola Frey, glazed ceramic
When we were on the raised platform where the Nude Man sat, Katie looked across the way and asked about the view below, “Is that a hallway or another piece of art?”
Answer: it’s a hallway; but do you see why she thought it might be a large mural or something?
Below is the wooden facade from a house in Hue, Vietnam.
Upside Down, Inside Out by Anish Kapoor, sculpture made of resin and paint:
Below, Column Interminable by Betsabeé Romero: 17 “tires” inscribed with symbols from pre-conquest North, South, and Central America, the Aztecs, the Paracas people of Peru, and the ancient Hohokam people who lived in what is now Arizona. Romero’s themes are migration and borders.
The portrait below of Philip Glass looks photographic, no? It’s not. Viewed up close, you’d see it’s a jacquard tapestry woven of very fine colored fibers. I’m guessing technology was key in producing this. I can’t imagine it was woven by hand. Phil–State I by Chuck Close:
Fernando Bryce drew the collection of drawings below from advertisements and newspaper articles about Leni Riefenstahl, the German dancer and actress who directed Nazi propaganda films. His motivation for the work was to explore the tension of an artist working on behalf of an evil dictator.
Samurai Tree 2H by Gabriel Orozco
Message by Matthias Goeritz; gold painted perforated metal on painted wood
Detail of Message
Hopi Flute Player by Emry Kopta
Shift Change at the Magma by Lew Davis
Sphere Lit from the Top by Sol LeWitt
The remaining images are pieces of European art on loan from the Schorr Collection:
Portrait of Cardinal Domenico Grimani by Lorenzo Lotto
Portrait of Barbara Palmer by Peter Lely
Detail of Portrait of Barbara Palmer
Genoese Nobleman by Antony Van Dyck
Portrait of a Man, Probably Pieter de Graaf by Govaert Flinck
The following are woodcuts by Albrecht Dürer:
Detail of The Annunciation
The Adoration of the Magi
Detail of Adoration of the Magi
Portrait of Baron Philippe François Didier Usquin by Anne-Louis Girodet de Roucy-Trioson
Portrait of an Old Woman by Jan Anthonisz. van Ravesteyn
Bust of Julio Contarini by Alessandro Vittoria
Below, Moses Receiving the Tablets of the Law and Christ Blessing by Benjamin West.
It’s been ten years since I’ve been to the Phoenix Art Museum. I’m so grateful Katie wanted to go with me. Thanks, Katie!
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